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PEACE FORUM CONDUCTED BY SULONG SARANGANI

Posted on 14 April 2015 by Ebrahim Sandigan

The Provincial Peace Forum organized by Sulong Sarangani, a flagship program of the Office of the Provincial Governor, on March 31, 2015 at the provincial gymnasium.

A Tribal Chieftain being interviewed by media during the peace forum.

A Tribal Chieftain being interviewed by media during the peace forum.

More than four (400) hundred IP, Muslim and Christian constituents of Sarangani province from different sectors joined the peace forum. Members of the Local and International Monitoring Team, PNP, AFP, NPA returnees, PLGU, MLGU, BLGU, IP’s, Religious Leaders, MNLF, MILF, Academe, Students, Youth, Women, and CSO’s were presents.

Government Peace Panel Chair Miriam Coronel-Ferrer and GPH Peace Panel Member Senen Bacani were the resource speakers of the forum. The two explained the roadmap towards the es-tablishment of the Bangsamoro government.
The BBL is now in the House of Representatives and Senate for deliberation and is expected to be passed into law by June this year.

Hearings for the Bangsamoro Basic Law BBL were stalled after the Mamasapano clash on Janu-ary 25, 2015 where 44 members of Special Action Force SAF were killed and 16 MILF Sha-heed/martyrdoms and at least 5 civilians in an armed confrontation.

During the open forum, the provincial tribal chief Edmund Pangilan raised the question on what will happen to the Indigenous Peoples (IPs) in the areas covered by the Bangsamoro territory.

Government Peace Panel Chair Miriam Coronel-Ferrer said the rights of the IPs will be respected under the Bangsamoro. She said that the IPs can participate politically having reserve seats in the Bangsamoro parliament.
The participants looks forward that Bangsamoro Basic Law (DBBL) could bring development to the Bangsamoro people, not only in the core territory.
“If the BBL will be enacted and implemented, it can bring goodness to the Bangsamoro people even outside the core territory.” MILF/ LMT Ambrillah Mamadra, said in an interviewed.

The tribal chief however commented on the less information drive about the drafted BBL in the grassroots level in the sarangani area.
“There are many people in our communities which are not reached by information about this basic law,” pangilan disclosed.

The participants looks forward that Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) could bring development to the Bangsamoro people, not only in the core territory.

By Ebrahim Sandigan

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